Tessa Bent

Tessa Bent

Associate Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Director, Speech Perception Laboratory

Ph.D. Coordinator

Education

  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2005
  • B.A., Millersville University, 1998

Research interests

  • Children’s perceptual development in understanding unfamiliar speech varieties, such as regional dialects and nonnative accents
  • Perception of indexical variables in speech including race and gender
  • Individual differences in speech perception under adverse conditions

About Tessa Bent

Tessa Bent is an associate professor in the Department of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences, director of the Speech Perception Laboratory, and Ph.D. coordinator. Her research focuses on children's and adult's perception and representation of variable speech signals, with a focus on regional dialects and foreign accents. Within her undergraduate courses in phonetics, language development, and speech perception, she takes an active-learning approach and is a Senior Fellow within the IU Mosaic Initiative. She is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America as well as serving on the Executive Council for the Acoustical Society of America. She was recently elected as a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.

Selected publications

Bent, T., Holt, R. F., Miller, K. and Libersky, E. (2019). Sentence context facilitation for children’s and adults’ recognition of native- and nonnative-accented speech. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. 62, 423-433.

Bent, T. and Holt, R. F. (2018). Shhh… I need quiet! Children’s understanding of American, British, and Japanese-accented English speakers. Language and Speech. 61(4), 657-673.

Bent, T. (2018). Development of unfamiliar accent comprehension continues through adolescence. Journal of Child Language. 45, 1400-1411.

McLaughlin, D. J., Baese-Berk, M. M., Bent, T., Borrie, S. A., & Van Engen, K. J. (2018). Coping with adversity: Individual differences in the perception of noisy and accented speech. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. 80(6), 1559-1570.

Borrie, S., Baese-Berk, M., Van Engen, K. and Bent, T. (2017). Individual differences in processing speech in adverse listening conditions: A relationship between speech in noise and dysarthric speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 141(6), 4660-4667.

Holt, R. F. and Bent, T. (2017). Children’s use of semantic context in perception of foreign-accented speech. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60, 223-230.

Bent, T. and Atagi, E. (2017). Perception of nonnative-accented sentences by 5- to 8-year-olds and adults: The role of phonological processing. Language and Speech. 60(1), 110-122.

Bent, T. and Holt, R. F. (2017). Representation of speech variability. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. 1–14. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1434.

Atagi, E. and Bent, T. (2017). Nonnative accent discrimination with words and sentences. Phonetica. 74 (3), 173-191.

Borrie, S., Baese-Berk, M., Van Engen, K. and Bent, T. (2017). Individual differences in processing speech in adverse listening conditions: A relationship between speech in noise and dysarthric speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 141(6), 4660-4667.

Bent, T. and Atagi, E. (2017). Perception of nonnative-accented sentences by 5- to 8-year-olds and adults: The role of phonological processing. Language and Speech. 60(1), 110-122.